Quick Electrical Tips by a Commercial Electrician
I would like to show a couple of quick power tips today
One is if you’re running new power a really handy thing to do is to run basically two out of phase pot leads and a neutral underground, so when you have the two out of phase hot leads they can share a common neutral which means that you can put two circuits in every single box.
So I have these all color-coded which is another tip which we’ll go over in a second but if you do this you can basically always plug your vacuum or whatever next to your tool and not worry about overloading the breaker. One word of caution though is if you do this you have to tie the breakers okay it’s easy enough to do but you tie the breakers together. That way if you turn off one or one of them trips the other one trips too because if you have an electrician or you just our absent-minded or you sell your house and somebody else is working on this or they’re gonna come in here plug in a tester or something like that hit the breaker they’re gonna think the power to that box is dead.
But if they only flip one of them then there’s still live power on the other side so you want to make sure that’s not happening conceivably if you ever needed to convert one of these to a 220 you could because you have 2 out of phase hots.
I recommend color coding all of your plugs so every plug in my shop has a green orange or a pink sticker on it. Boxes that are underneath here which are also color coded this one’s orange this way. I always know what’s plugged into each circuit at any given point which is really nice. I know my pink circuits is 15 amp I know my green in my orange circuit are both 20 amps.
As you’re moving things around your shot you see okay color-coded there as well you can make sure to be balancing the load around.
What I use is just these that’s what I’m doing this tip I just had to dig these things out. These are just regular old color coding labels and going from pretty much any office supply area. The other tip real quick is I just installed one of these little Harbor Freight Power Wheels the problem is the cord it’s short it’s super short so you’d have to have an extension cord hanging from your extension cord all the time for it to be of any use.
I’m sure it’s designed to be attached to a ceiling plug or something like that but that wouldn’t work in my shop so I just lengthen the cord I very commonly lengthen the cords of things and I’ll splice it in at a logical point which in this case was inside the little breaker.
Now I’ve got instead of like a little 2 foot cord I’ve got a big you know 8 or 9 foot cord I forgot what I bought which is plenty long enough but whenever you do that you end up cutting the ends of course.
I have like a ton of like extra cord ends just lying around doing something and a nice kind of utility thing that you can do with those is just slap a plug on the other end you’re gonna purposely make a super short extension cord and the reason for that is often you’re gonna find cases where you have a power break.
They inevitably end up covering up two different spots so if you don’t want that to happen you plug in one of these then you plug your wall wart in here that way it’s freeing up all of your various spots.
These are actually installed by a commercial electrician and you can buy a commercial product for these, they call them power strip liberators but if you’ve got the extra cords lying around then you may as well just make your own.